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Masking Unmasked- Pg5- Giordan On Graphics



More Photshop Masking Options- Clipping Paths

Clipping paths are a different animal. Rather than selecting an area and deleting or editing, clipping paths create a silhouette specifically for EPS images that are placed in page layout programs such as QuarkXpress. The process is to draw a path to define area, convert it to a clipping path, and save the file as EPS, including the path. The exact procedure is as follows:

  1. Select the pen tool and draw a path to define the mask area. The path will appear in the paths palette under the name Work Path. Double- click the Work Path and name it as you wish.

  2. Select Clipping Paths from the Paths Palette options menu. Select the path you just named from the pop-up menu and enter a value for the Flatness specification. This determines how closely the clipping path follows the path drawn. If the path is too complex, a 0 or 1 Flatness setting can cause Postscript errors, so be careful. For most paths, a low setting is perfectly fine though. When you click OK, the path name in the Paths palette will change to outlines, indicating that a Clipping path is active.

  3. Select File>Save As, and select EPS from the file menu. When the file is placed in a page layout program, it will only reveal the area inside the path. The outside area is hidden, (although it is not deleted).

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Created: Nov. 16, 1998
Revised: Nov. 10, 1998